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Last edited by TheWord on 2019/9/8 05:00

In playing a fish, a light pressure should be maintained. The angler’s reel permits him to give line freely whenever the fish pulls hard. If a fish breaks an angler’s line it is almost always because the angler held on instead of giving line. It is better to give line too quickly than too late, better to play a fish ten minutes and land him than to lose him by trying to bring him in in five. Normally time is on the angler’s side and a few extra minutes of playing will land more fish than they will lose. However, there is such a thing as playing a fish too long. Only time and practice will bring top judgment in this department.

Photo by Clark Young on Unsplash

Photo by Clark Young on Unsplash

A fish hooked on a baitcasting lure will frequently try to shake it free. Because these lures are weighty the effort is often successful. The angler’s best bet is to tighten up to the limit of his tackle’s strength when a fish leaps or starts head-shaking. This is the one time when the caster should hold as hard as he dares.

A fish going into the weeds may become fouled up in them. The best thing to do is move the boat to the fish and then, gradually and on a short line, put maximum pressure on. If the fish still can’t be moved, slack line should be tried for several minutes at a time. Maybe then he’ll wiggle free of the mass of vegetation on his own initiative and can be played again in the normal manner in open water. Whenever a fish becomes fouled up or hard to move, it is better to move the boat to him than to try to move him to the boat.

More fish are lost at the net than at any other time of the struggle. That’s when the angler should be most careful and never rush things. The fish should be brought to the net, not the net to the fish; and until he’s tired enough to bring to the net, no attempt should be made to land him. The safest course is to lead the tired fish over the net. If the pressure on the rod is then relaxed, nine times out of ten he’ll sink right down into it. lf he doesn’t sink down but darts away, he should simply be worked in for another try. Sweeping a net toward a fish frightens him. He’s naturally uneasy about any large object moving near him in the water but less likely to be frightened by something that’s motionless.

The baitcaster must remember that where multiple hooked Topwater lures are used there may be some points protruding around the fish’s mouth which can catch in the meshes of the net as described on If it isn’t certain the fish will be secured in the net, no attempt should be made, because if a hook does catch in the mesh and the fish remains outside the net, he’s almost certain to tear free.

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